TOP TEN 2016

Hey guys!!! It's December 31 st here in Mauritius and in a few hours it will be the first of January 2017!!!!! This year has gone by SO fast i can hardly believe it! I finished school and 2017 will be university! Unfortunately i can't say that 2016 went without bumps..it was the hardest year so far because of my studies and i can't say i read as much as i wanted to...Nevertheless i did read some AMAZING books this year! So today will be the top ten books of 2016 that have become absolute FAVORITES!
So let's start! This is gonna be a brief listing because i'm quite busy today!! I'll be doing  a post tomorrow for my 2017 book resolutions so stay tuned! 


Velvet (Velvet, #1)



Crown of Crimson (The Afterlight Chronicles, #1)





                                                Splintered (Splintered, #1)




Kingdom of Ashes (A Wicked Thing, #2)



Rhodi's Light (The Rhodi Saga, #1)



                                                    Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)




 Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)



                                                   

                                                      

The Diabolic



Percy Jackson: The Complete Series (Books 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)



A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)







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Merik from Truthwitch by Susan Dennard!!




Jack Deveaux from the Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole. OMIGOD THIS DUDE. I WAS LITERALLY SWOONING.



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AND NO SURPRISE HERE, RHYSAND FROM ACOMAF BY SARAH J. MASS

okay that's it :P Well whatever the timezones hope you guys have an amazing new year's eve!
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THE SHATTERED CROWN REVIEW

TITLE: The Shattered Crown
AUTHOR: J.W. Webb
SERIES: The Legends Of Ansu #2
PUBLICATION DATE: March 5 2015
PUBLISHER: Palace Park Press
SOURCE: Copy provided in exchange for an honest review

Corin an Fol, Longswordsman and ex mercenary has but one objective: retire early and settle down. Unfortunately the gods have other ideas. When Corin arrives home after many years fighting foreign wars, he finds bad news waiting for him. The High King has been murdered and his crystal crown, the Tekara, destroyed.

The Tekara is no ordinary crown. Wrought of solid crystal it contains a charm of strength that has protected the Four Kingdoms for millennia. But the Tekara is vulnerable to one thing: treachery. So when Caswallon the schemer secretly places the crown on Prince Tarin’s head he knows it will shatter, causing the realms to fall apart. He stands to gain as soon as it breaks.

Though many suspect Caswallon, who is known as a sorcerer, only one dares stand against him: Queen Ariane of Kelwyn. She is visited by her goddess in a dream who warns that Prince Tarin has fled with the shards of the Shattered Crown,and only by finding both Prince and Crown can the Four Kingdoms be saved.

After being promised gold, Corin an Fol reluctantly joins the queen’s desperate quest to salvage the missing shards. But Caswallon is on to them and already watching their every move.




Let me just start off by saying, WHAT AN ADVENTURE!

I have to admit that i got pretty confused at times to situate who is who, and who is allied to who...there are so many characters! But the effort was so worth it because all the characters bind together and form part of this intricate action-packed plot! Each and every character was super well written and unique, you could tell the author put in a lot of extra work in them and they didn't feel like side characters but major characters because they were so well developed.

Corin was pretty awesome. He's this badass ex warrior with a brutal and sad past that readers sympathize with. He just wanted to go home and live out his life but his ex boss sends him on an errand to accompany the queen on her quest for guidance. I loved that he was grumpy most of the time, it kinda made him less of "cliché" hero. He's not trying to be a hero, he just does what's in his best interest but somewhere along the way he starts to care for other people. As for queen Ariane, she was so kickass. She swears, she fights-not your typical queen-but even after becomign a queen at such a young age, she's extremely courageous and intelligent.

So basically, although this is book 2, you don't have to read book 1 because it takes place 1000 years after book 1! Though i was absolutely thrilled at the mention of some characters from book 1! Basically Ansu was a land where two species were at war; the Gold folk (Elves) and the Dog-Men. There are fae but they're not really involved in the story but maybe they'll show up in the next book. They're older then the Gold Folk and the Dog Men. So then this host of humans (a character from book 1) arrives and allies with the elves to destroy the Dog Men. They win the war and in exchange, the Gold Folk give the human army  a crown to protect them from the rise of the Dog Men. And for centuries, the humans ruled but the story takes place when the current king is betrayed by his counselor- a sorcerer who bids  the prince to steal the crown. The crown is destroyed, the Dog Men are on the rise, kingdoms fall, allies are made and yeah the works of a great fantasy book!!!!

My favorite character had to be Rael, he's a bad guy, but he was so intriguing! He's a master assassin and kind of a psycho but i loved reading his part in the novel! (Can i just say on a side note that there was a lot of farting in the novel lol :P). The author does an AMAZING job at writing the villains! I think i actually like them more than the good guys!

This book was LONG, and i was scared i'd get bored but there was not one dull moment! Action filled this book to the brim! I am a big romance fan so i did feel a little lack of it in this book but i can't fault it for that because it would have driven the focus away from this complex plot...But the novel jumps right in into the action, there is no long wait for the book to actually start. Right from the beginning you feel the sense of urgency and danger that just throws all the characters into action. There are other characters that have maybe one or two POV's in this book that i hope will become major characters in book 2 because they are super intriguing!

I was pleasantly surprised by this book and i will most definitely be reading the next one! If you guys like Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings or, like me, felt a need to read an epic fantasy after Empire Of Storms by Sarah J Mass, then definitely pick up this one! I'm talking dragons, magic, fey, gods, dark sorcerers! The author has left us with quite a few unanswered questions that makes you need book 3 right away! It's a rich and epic tale of heroes and loyalty! Pick this up and become ensnared in this action packed quest!

'HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE' WHAT'S WITH THE HATE!?

TITLE: Holding Up The Universe
AUTHOR: Jennifer Niven
SERIES: Standalone
PUBLICATION DATE: October 4 2016
PUBLISHER: Knopf Books for Young Readers 
SOURCE: Bought



Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours




Hey guys! This isn't really a review but i just had some things i wanted to say about the backlash this book has received. I'm not saying the people who back-lashed this book are wrong, it is their opinion, and i still don't agree with rating a book without reading it. But this is my opinion and i'd like to share.

It's been out barely two months and before people have actually read the book, they've rated it one star because they found the synopsis 'offensive'. I completely agree that everyone is entitled to their own opinion! But if you don't like a synopsis fine you can say so, but why attack the author on social media? Why rate the book down? Read it, if you hate it then say how much you hate it! I mean i was doing research before writing this post and i saw a full on twitter war about how offensive this synopsis was between a reader and one of the author's friends! Is this what a YA novel supposed to inspire has come to?

I'm sorry but i see nothing offensive when i read the synopsis! Yes Libby needed a crane to get out of her house, but that's not offensive, it's reality. Just google it. And you'll see that quite a few people have had to get out of their houses by a crane! And no it's not offensive, it's showing you how these people might feel, what they might be going through. That people do live in beyond shitty situations and yet they survive.

This part of the synopsis has also been called 'dehumanizing' to fat people. How? I feel that simply by reading the synopsis and not reading this character's journey you are dehumanizing her. Your're just seeing her as the girl who needed a crane to get out of the house. That's what you're judging her on, not her personality and certainly not her journey! And that's exactly the kind of behavior the author tries to expose in her book. She presents Libby as more than the 'fattest teen in America', she shows you her personality, and what she goes through. And i'm sorry but this happens to real life people-THIS IS REALITY. Does this make these real people not human!?


And the bullying that happens in her school? It was pretty tough to read about but it's not that much of a work of fiction. This is a real life situation for many of the people out there. 

This is not a book about loosing weight, it's about accepting yourself as long as you're happy. And how can you be happy if people around you are constantly saying things that show you that you shouldn't be happy the way you are? I really connected with Libby, i've struggled for years with weight issues and i've been a little bullied-though not as much as Libby. I felt all of those things and i was even depressed for a little while, which is why this book struck a cord with me! And then there was the part where Libby writes hurtful comments about herself in the bathroom-they say it's sending a bad message, But guess what? For those of us who've been there, it's normal. If we're not writing it down, we're constantly tormenting ourselves mentally. It's called being depressed and insecure. And i surpassed all of that eventually. And that was what Libby did! She has this 'larger than life' personality, she's trying to grow her confidence despite other people trying to ram her down! How is that offensive or dehumanizing?


I sometimes watch this show on TLC, known as my Big Fat Fabulous Life and the girl, Whitney, just screamed out Libby too me. She's joyous, she's snarky, she strives to be the best she can be, she transcends societal judgement and she expresses her passion for dance. It's one of my favorite shows!


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Seriously go check out this show, that woman is inspiring!




And then people said that it was offensive when the other describes Jack as 'broken' in the synopsis. I read a comment on goodreads where the girl has the same situation but she didn't see herself as 'broken'. But so what? Not everyone deals with their situation the same way! And besides, the author doesn't describe Jack as broken, he feels broken. And this is his journey-how he surpasses all that and learns to live with it. To feel not so broken.



And another thing, it's one thing to say bad thing's about the author's writing and her book-it's your opinion, you're totally entitled to it. But how can you bash the author herself? There were comments about how a 'skinny' author cannot write about a 'fat' person. But hey, as a fat person speaking here, the author just captured what i felt basically my whole high school years, and i cannot even begin to say how much i regret that this book had not been published YEARS AGO. The message of the book was beautiful, it spoke to the readers directly. 



Is Sarah J Mass a faerie?No right, then why is she allowed to write about the fae. How could she know what they're feeling. It's a totally invalid point!

I read this beautiful article from the author where she explains that this book is an extension of her personal journey and that of her friends, if you want to check it out this is the link.



"That is why I wrote Holding Up the Universe—to let readers know that big, small, tall, short, pretty, plain, friendly, shy, they are wanted. They are necessary. They are loved."
-Jennifer Niven




Ugh. Okay rant over, it just really irritated me. I don't get all the hate, that's just my opinion. You guys should definitely pick up this book! It's a wonderful journey! This was my first book by this author and i found it absolutely inspiring!